Engage your Community

The beauty of barn quilts is that a single person can paint a design on a piece of plywood and hang it on the garden shed. OR... The entire community can orchestrate a dramatic barn quilt project around a special theme.

Big or small, there are many ways to interest sponsors who have cash to buy paint and materials. The challenge is to create an inspiring community project that everybody wants to be part of. There is a role for everyone.

The following video features stories from several perspectives.  Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil talk about the steps of a community project: planning, research, quilting, painting, story writing, siting, installing, promoting.

Leslee Henry Whiteye helped engage the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in the creation of the Trail of Tears Barn Quilt Trail.  She talks about how a barn quilt project empowered her community.  

Frances Kilbourne, tells how the quilt blocks telling the South Caradoc settlement story brought a neighbourhood together.

John and Lenie Roks, host of the Thames River Quilt Block near Delaware, share their pride in their block along the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail.  

Glenn Stott, War of 1812 historian, re-enactor, and barn quilt supporter.  Glenn Stott is a retired school teacher who is passionate about the power of the arts and drama in telling the stories about our history.  It is Glenn's fierce encouragement that inspired Mary and Denise to get going with the Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail.  


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